Utilization of Electronic Information Resources by Students of Tertiary Institutions in Taraba State, Nigeria

Bappah Magaji Abubakar and Haruna Audu Mamman
Keywords: Utilization, Electronic information resources, Students, Tertiary institutions, Taraba State, Nigeria
Journal of ICT Development, Applications and Research 2020 2(), 36-47. Published: July 11, 2020


Abstract

This study examined the utilization of electronic information resources by students of tertiary institutions in Taraba State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to find out the types of electronic information resources (EIRs) available in the tertiary institutions, to determine the extent of utilization of the available electronic information resources and the satisfaction derived from the utilization of electronic information resources in the institutions. Quantitative research method, with cross sectional survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised the three higher institutions with available and functional electronic information resources namely: Taraba State University, Federal University, Wukari and Taraba State College of Nursing and Midwifery with 10748 registered users who constituted the population and out of these, 370 users were randomly selected from the libraries. Research advisor table 2006 was used in determining the sample size of the study. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, via Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0. Findings revealed that various types of electronic information resources were available in the tertiary institutions under study, these include: e-books, e-journals, e-mails, online databases, CD-ROMs among others. It was also found that the extent of utilization of the available EIRs was moderate and majority of the users were satisfied with the EIRs provided in their institution libraries. The study also founda statistically significant relationship between accessibility and utilization of electronic information resources in the surveyed institutions x2 (10, N=327) =12.447, P> 0.05.